Clinical InsightsWhat to Do With Lumps and Bumps
When a pet presents with a dermal or subcutaneous mass, the owner is often told, “Keep an eye on it.” But what does that mean? Keep an eye on it for how long? How much should a mass grow before it is investigated? As a cancer specialist, I hear all too often that a mass does not “look” or “feel” malignant.
AHS Heartworm HotlineTurning Up the Heat on Heartworm Diagnosis
Antigen testing for Dirofilaria immitis has been a foundational component of model preventive veterinary care for many years, particularly for dogs.
Atkins CE. Heartworm disease: the science, the practice, the future. Today’s Veterinary Practice 2017;7(1):87-92. The author regrets that an error appeared in the dosage of ivermectin used in a microfilaria suppression test on page 90. The dosage should be 50 mcg/kg, not 50 mg/kg. Pucheu-Haston CM. The flea-infested pet: overview of current products. Today’s Veterinary …
Clinical ResourceDeep Ear Flush: Step by Step
Sandra Koch, DVM, MS, DACVD College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota For more information on diagnosis and treatment of chronic otitis, see the May/June 2017 article “The Challenge of Chronic Otitis in Dogs—From Diagnosis to Treatment.” Deep ear flushing is very helpful not only as a diagnostic tool in assessing chronic otitis but also …
Practical ParasitologyThe Flea-Infested Pet: Overview of Current Products
Dealing with flea-infested pets has never been easier—or more complicated. At this time, at least 20 active ingredients are commonly used in prescription flea control products in the United States, with numerous other ingredients appearing in various over-the-counter products.
Practical ToxicologyTremorgenic Mycotoxin Intoxication In Dogs
Tremorgenic mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi that cause neurotoxicosis in dogs. While several fungal metabolites may cause this intoxication, current research supports penitrem A as the primary mycotoxin involved…
Imaging Essentials: Interpretation of Dental Radiographs in Dogs and CatsPart 2: Normal Variations and Abnormal Findings
This article focuses on interpretation of normal anatomic variations as well as congenital and pathologic abnormal findings on dental radiographs in dogs and cats (Box 1). Both articles assume the reader is familiar with basic dental radiographic acquisition techniques, concepts, and skills…
Continuing Education: Liver Enzyme Interpretation and Liver Function Tests
Hepatobiliary disease is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in dogs and cats and can present a diagnostic challenge for two main reasons. First, patient signalment varies because liver disease and dysfunction can occur
Focus on Pharmacology – Behavior MedicationsWhich Medication, Which Patient?
The best treatment approaches in veterinary behavioral medicine are often multimodal. At the core of state-of-the art multimodal treatment is smart, rational, and effective use of behavioral medication…